|Christy Kavanagh of the Irish Christmas Tree Growers Association|
|Christy Kavanagh with Jonathan Irwin from the Jack and Jill Foundation|
- Try not to buy your Christmas tree until you are ready to set it up. In many countries, such as France, the Christmas tree is not set up until Christmas Eve and taken down after January 6th.
- After you bring your Christmas tree home, keep it in a cool place like an unheated garage, porch or patio until you are ready to bring it indoors.
- Set it up in a cool area (less than 15 centigrade) and as far away as possible from sources of heat including fireplaces, radiators and vents. This will prolong the life of the tree for the holiday season.
- Place it in a "water stand". Most Christmas tree sellers have these available. The stand has a wide base and bolts for giving the tree stability, and a basin for water to keep your tree fresh.
- Just before standing your tree in the water stand, you should make a fresh saw-cut, straight across the stem, at least 3 cm above the original cut. This fresh cut allows the tree to absorb water easily.
- Check out your local County Council website for Christmas Tree Recycling locations near you.
- Production is mainly concentrated in counties Wexford, Carlow, Wicklow, Tipperary and Cork where soils and climate combine to produce high yields.
- Approximately 8 million trees of all ages are currently growing on circa. 1, 500 hectares
- There are approximately 10 significant producers and 70 to 80 smaller growers.
- The farm gate value of current domestic and export sales is estimated at €10 million, plus retail values of €25 million
- The three most popular varieties of Christmas tree are the Nordmann Fir (accounting for 75% of trees sold in Ireland), the Noble Fir (accounting for 15% of trees sold in Ireland) and the Lodgepole Pine.
- Locally grown Christmas trees are really fresh due to the reduced travel stress on them.
- There is a tremendous variety and a large range of different size trees available to meet your particular needs.
- Once cared for properly, non-shedding trees, such as the Nordmann Fir, Noble Fir and Lodgepole Pine, will not lose their needles.
- Each tree is cultured as an individual tree and produced to the highest quality standards from the time they are planted right through to delivery.
- Your real Christmas tree is a natural resource and therefore can be recycled. This is in contrast to artificial trees, which are usually made of metal and plastic materials and use oils and minerals in their manufacture. An artificial tree may last up to six years in your home but takes centuries to break down in landfill sites.
- The forest environment is protected by the fact that Christmas trees are continually being planted to replace those trees being harvested.
- As well as adding to the beauty of our landscape, growing Christmas trees produces large amounts of oxygen and removes the harmful carbon dioxide or “greenhouse gas” from our atmosphere. Real trees also provide natural habitats for forest animals and birds.